Thank you to all Ghostly Gallopers!

Thank you to our many participants, sponsors and volunteers involved in this year’s Ghostly Gallop! We had adults, kids, babies and dogs race all over the city of Hudson on Sunday, October 26. There were 22 participants in the Kids Race and 139 participants in the Adult Race. Here is the list of the overall winners:

Team Race Winner: Smiles For Miles

Women’s Overall Winners: 1st place – Chelsea Benson, 21:30; 2nd place – Shannon LaChance, 22:12; 3rd place – Ariana Nilsson, 22:51

Men’s Overall Winners: 1st place – Kevin Pikul, 19:56; 2nd place – Andrew Ohrin, 20:43; 3rd place – Ken Pierce, 20:57

Kids Race: 1st place – Griffin Howard, 6:30; 2nd place – Neil Howard III, 6:44; 3rd place – Gabe Case, 6:50

For a full list of race winners, click here: Ghostly Gallop race results 2014.

Again, thank you to our many sponsors and donors, without which the Ghostly Gallop would not be possible! Here is the full list of our sponsors and donors:

Sponsors:

  • Friends of the Hudson Area Library
  • Toni & Richard Koweek
  • John Connor Esq.
  • Michael C. Howard, Esq. PC
  • Francis J. Roche, Esq.
  • Freeman Howard, PC
  • Rapport Meyers, LLP
  • Gutterman, Shallo & Alford, PLLC
  • Barry Sack
  • The Columbia Insider
  • Columbia-Greene Federal Credit Union
  • Morey Hall Music

Donors:

  • ShopRite
  • Price Chopper
  • Hannaford
  • Stewarts
  • Bagel Tyme
  • Hudson Police Department
  • Hudson Department of Public Works
  • Alan Coon
  • Green Mountain Coffee

Thanks to Mayor Hallenbeck for joining us for this year’s Ghostly Gallop and helping direct traffic at the finish line! And a special thanks to the many volunteers who helped make the day a success!

See you next year on October 25 for the 2015 Ghostly Gallop!

 

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Multicultural Adventures with Operation Unite

Join us on an adventure each week as we discover new countries and explore different cultures through music, dance, stories, crafts, and other fun activities! The next sessions will focus on Haiti (October 23) and India (October 30).

The program runs each Thursday from 3:45-5pm in the Children’s Room. All ages are welcome!

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This free community arts program, a collaboration with Operation Unite, is made possible in part with public funds from the Decentralization Program of the New York State Council on the Arts, administered through the Community Arts Grants Program by the Greene County Council on the Arts.

STEAM Into Imagination – free science and art workshops for kids and teens!

We’ll be teaming up with HATCH (Hudson Area Teaching Cooperative for Homeschoolers) this fall to offer fun, educational STEAM programs for youth ages 5 to 11 and 12 to 16. STEAM is an acronym for “Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math.” STEAM into Imagination will spark children’s curiosities as we ask questions about the emerging intersections of science, technology, engineering, art, and math.

The program will meet on Tuesdays from 4pm-5:30pm starting Tuesday, September 9 and continuing through Tuesday, December 16.

Older students will join the Programming Club where they’ll learn how to use computer coding and programming during a 12-session class with RPI Computer Science student, Rachel King.

microscopeYounger students will participate in two 6-session classes. HATCH co-founder, Will Pflaum, will offer a 6-session class called “Islands of the Imagination,” a creative investigation of geography, math, and drawing, in which students create their own fictional island. The second 6-session classes will again invite students to explore the arts and sciences through diverse experiments, painting and crafts, the use of a USB microscope and Snap Circuits, and more!

STEAM into Imagination is geared toward homeschooling families, kids in school, and anyone considering homeschooling or looking for more choice in education.

To register your child or teen, come to our registration party on Tuesday, September 9 at the library. For more information, call the library at 518-828-1792.

STEAM into Imagination is made possible with grant support from the Fund for Columbia County, a fund of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation.

Join Us at This Great Local Event!

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Summer is the time to be outdoors enjoying this great weather and the great neighbors we have in Hudson. Come join us as we spread the word about the Campaign for the new Hudson Area Library!

On August 23rd, Columbia Street, between Front and 2nd, becomes host to the Unity in the Community Block Party from noon until 5pm. The block party is hosted by our friends at the Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood.

We’ll be raffling off an assortment of kids books (free entry!) including Big Nate Great Minds Think Alike by Lincoln Peirce, Captain Underpants and the Tyrannical Retaliation of the Turbo Toilet 2000 by Dav Pilkey, Amulet: Escape from Lucien (Vol. 6) by Kazu Kibuishi, The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, and lots more. We’ll also be offering LICK ice cream gift certificates. How great is that!

Celebrate Summer! Bring the family! Learn about our progress on the new Library. Meet residents and Library lovers. This event is tailor-made for fun in the sun. We’re looking forward to meeting everyone.

Join Us in Supporting Early Literacy and Our New Library

We are launching our first crowdfunder this week on Indiegogo! The focus is the Early Literacy Storytime Nook to be located in the turret of the Hudson Armory when the library moves in 2015. The video below, filmed at the library by Lauren Keenan, emphasizes the benefits of reading aloud to even the youngest infants.

Storytime Nook Video from Hudson Area Library on Vimeo.

We hope you’ll take a look at the campaign and help us raise $5,000 (or more!) so that we can furnish this space designed to help our children learn and grow. Please also share this link with all your friends through social media: hudsonarealibrary.org/storytime/

Fourth Annual Super Summer Kid’s Book Sale, now with Vintage Children’s Books Too!

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Hey Kids! Come to the best ever Super Summer Kids Book Sale and find great books for vacation reading fun, books for school or your special interest or subject.

The Friends of the Hudson Area Library are offering thousands of kids’ books at bargain prices for two days so that kids from everywhere can have the opportunity to own great books at low cost. This is the perfect opportunity to bring the kids to the library, have some fun and stock up on great books to encourage reading throughout the summer!

This special sale will be held on Friday, August 1st and Saturday, August 2nd in the Book Sale Room from 10am until 2pm each day. In addition, there will be story time, crafts, games and activities in the Children’s Room in the library both days.

Besides the thousands of titles to choose from for every level reader, from toddlers to teens, a new feature this year will be a special selection of vintage children’s books. Great books from past times, these collector’s items are priced to sell and go fast!

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Amazing Animals Visit the Children’s Room

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images courtesy of Animal Encounters, LLC


On Saturday, July 19, Amazing Animals will be coming to the Hudson Area Library! This hands-on presentation by Animal Encounters, LLC, will introduce participants to a variety of small mammals and reptiles. Species may include such animals as a rabbit, chinchilla, hedgehog, box turtle, bearded dragon, corn snake, and even a baby alligator. Many of the animals can be touched by the children. The program will run from 11am-12pm on Saturday, July 19, and is intended for children ages 4 and up.

Kids Learn about Nutrition and Food Science at the Library!

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The library’s “Fizz, Boom, Read!” summer programming for youth kicked off with “Food Scientists,” a two-day program taught by Cornell Cooperative Extension Nutrition Educator Jaime O’Donnell.

Created with Nokia Smart CamThe kids learned that celery sitting in a cup of food coloring will draw the color into its stalk and that vinegar and baking soda create a foamy fizz. They also learned why sugar is bad for one’s body and took turns measuring how much sugar is in soda and energy drinks. Ms. Jaime finished up the program by helping the kids make healthy strawberry banana smoothies.

Thank you to Ms. Jaime for kicking off our summer children’s events with such a fun and educational program!